Kantola nu shaak, Gujarati style

If you have never tried this vegetable, then you will love this Gujarati version that is spicy, crunchy, creamy and sweet at the same time. And like many Gujarati recipes, it can be made vegan and it is gluten free!

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Only if this vegetable wasn’t a seasonal one, it would make a regular appearance on our table! We look forward to the arrival of this vegetable not only because it is delicious but most often, we pair it with mangoes which are equally awaited through the year. Slightly bitter and crunchy kantola and a sweet mango makes a wonderful combination.

Kantola nu shaak is more like a stir fry as it is most often served with aamras or fajeto (Gujarati kadhi with mango pulp) which make up the liquid counterpart in the Gujarati thali. And what a classic Gujarati thali feast it makes; kantola nu shaak, pad vali rotli, dhokla and aamras or fajeto! It truly is a bite of deliciousness!! Even my 9-year-old enjoys this spread and takes more than one serving of this vegetable whenever I make it.

Padvali rotli means roti with layers. Traditionally, it is made with 2 layers but my version is with 3 layers. The top and bottom layer crisp up while the middle layer becomes almost translucent and soft with all the goodness from ghee! I made a reel showing its technique on my Facebook and Instagram page ending it with my son enjoying the roti with kantola nu shaak and aamras. Pure heaven!

Kantola nu shaak, Gujarati style
Kantola nu shaak, Gujarati style

Coming back to kantola (kankoda/kakrol) nu shaak, like so many of my recipes like rava na dhokla, satpadi rotli, bharela gunda, this recipe is an adaptation from what I have learnt from my mother. The unusual part of this recipe is the addition of milk towards the end of its cooking. Not only it makes the kantola taste less bitter but adds an underlying layer of creaminess to this shaak.

Enough said, let’s get to making this delicious kantola nu shaak.

You may like some of these other Gujarati recipes too:

  1. Fada ni khichdi
  2. Turiya dhokli nu shaak
  3. Kathiyawadi ringna nu shaak
  4. Gujarati patra
  5. Orange glazed muthia

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